A cost-effective way to enhance your home’s curb appeal and protecting the exterior is to paint the outside of your home. Few home maintenance projects are a major undertaking as exterior painting. Between choosing the right colors, what brush to use, and where to begin, it’s important to do the job correctly. Follow the tips below to help pave the way to a successful paint job for your home.
1) CLEAN UP THE EXTERIOR
Chances are if you’re thinking of painting the exterior of your home, there are imperfections in the surface such as cracking, blistering, and peeling. By using putty and caulk you can fill any imperfection so the exterior is smooth and free of cracks. Also be sure to use a paint scraper or power washer to remote mold, oil, or rust. A power washer can also take care of the exterior’s dirt and grime, but a stiff bristle brush does as good of a job.
2) PICKING THE PAINT
First, do you want water-based latex or oil-based alkyd for exterior paint? Professional painters prefer alkyd paint because it’s durable, stain-resistant, flows very smoothly, and dries with fewer brush marks, however alkyds have a strong solvent smell and dry slowly. For latex paint, it’s less likely to crack, will dry faster, has less of an odor, but you will need to prime the surface before you begin.
Choosing the right paint color will be your next consideration. Take into account the color of the roof, house materials including the deck, stone, and brick to identify your paint palette. Take a look at your neighbors’ exterior color, the feel of the neighborhood, and the architectural style of your home. When buying the paint, stick to your budget, but keep in mind more expensive paints are typically higher quality and contain more pigments, producing a thicker, longer lasting and protective coating.
Lastly, read the directions on the paint can before applying the paint to get a good understanding of the best end-product for your job. The weather should have lower humidity, little rain, and the temperature shouldn’t be below 50 degrees.
3) PAINT TOOLS
The most efficient and effective result to getting your exterior painted correctly is with both a paintbrush and a roller. For getting hard to reach places, use a paintbrush to paint onto narrow surfaces, edges, and smaller areas. Just like painting your home’s interior, use a short, small-diameter roller to paint large and long surfaces such as siding and trim.
4) APPLYING THE PAINT
Start in the shaded areas of your home first, as painting on a direct sunlit surface will make fresh paint dry too quickly. As a result, it won’t adhere well and will flake prematurely. Wait for the sun to move and the other sides of the house to become shaded.
Paint near the top of the house and work your way down to the bottom. Apply paint to the bottom edge of the siding first, then paint the broad surfaces. To avoid lap marks, always try to brush from one wet surface onto another wet surface. When that’s not possible and you must paint onto a previously painted and dried surface, overlap onto the dried-paint surface by several inches.
5) ANNUAL MAINTENANCE
The last tip for exterior painting is to make the end project last. To extend the life between repaints, wash or power wash the house once a year to brighten up the appearance, as well as remove dust and cobwebs.